Build Advice for Linux Development Box - ($1.5K-$2K)

Sep 14, 2023
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Hi Everyone ... I hope I'm following the guidance in the sticky thread correctly.

So I want a really good development box. I'm not a gamer, not at all, ever (but I love the folks who are (y) ). Not necessarily looking for the most powerful I can get ... say a 7 on a scale from 1-10. I can adjust the budget and expectations a little bit if I need to.

I'm fairly handy & technical guy ... I've just been out of the hardware game for quite a while :cool:

Activities
  • Ubuntu Linux OS
  • Android/Windows(in VM) developement (Android Studio, Glade, Eclipse, etc. etc.)
  • MySql Database
  • Apache
  • 4-5 VMs simultaneously during testing.
  • Productivity apps (FireFox, Thunderbird, Libre Office etc. etc.)
Disk (PCIE good choice here?)
  • 1 x 512GB SSD Boot drive ()
  • 2 x 2TB SSD Storage drive (in RAID configuration)
Graphics
  • Dual (or more?) monitors, would like video on the MB if possible
  • Don't need fancy, super high-performace graphics ( enough to watch Netflix full screen would be just fine)
  • I would however like high resolution so I can run big monitors with a lot of detail
Case
  • Enough to hold everything, big enough power supply for everything to be comfortable, NOT CRAMPED, I hate that
  • Don't a bunch of fancy jazzed-out Las Vegas led blinking lights & whatnot
Monitors
  • At least 4K, and big enough for my eyes to be 24-36 in away and get a lot of details (console/debugging/code windows/etc)
  • Non-reflective matte finish, glass is okay, just I get reflections and that annoys me a little
Time Horizon
  • 1-2 months
Overclocking
  • Maybe
MB/Expandability
  • At least 3 PCIE slots (for 3 PCIE SSDs, right?)
  • On-board dual monitors (preferred but I'm willing to get a graphics card if I need to)
  • I'm thinking of starting with 64GB ram but would like to go well north of that if I need to
  • Should I be even thinking of dual CPUs or is that even a thing for my needs?
Thanks in advance for any help/guidance!
--KDT
 
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Went to PC Part Picker, this is just a scratchpad, went well north of my budget :cool:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i9-13900K 3 GHz 24-Core Processor ($551.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: *be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.90 @ Newegg Sellers)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR5-6400 CL32 Memory ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($130.08 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($130.08 @ Amazon)
Case: *Deepcool CC560 ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM1000e (2023) 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: *Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($299.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: *Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($299.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2210.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-09-14 19:27 EDT-0400
 
This was the best I could come up with ... it leaves you money for another monitor.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i7-13700F 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($346.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 870 QVO 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: *MSI VENTUS 2X BLACK OC GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: *Fractal Design Pop Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Monitor: *Dell G3223D 31.5" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($323.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1683.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-09-14 20:27 EDT-0400
 
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@kdtdev

There are probably better monitors for your use than the gaming ones you listed, RTings is a great site for monitors.
 
RTings is a great site
If you have a contact there, tell 'em their site isn't as great as their content :)

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